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Thursday, February 8 2007

The Lovely Sparrows: Pulling Up Floors, Pouring on (New) Paint

The Lovely Sparrows seem to be another (potentially) great band that's taking the one-toe-in-the-water-at-a-time approach to recording.


Piebald: Accidental Gentleman

Piebald plays a jocular brand of power-pop full of faux-rock riffs and adorable lyrics. The band exploded onto the emo-punk scene in 1999 with their memorably-titled


The Twilight Singers: A Stitch in Time

Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan fans waiting for the duo’s Gutter Twins release get a little teaser on A Stitch in Time. A lead-off


Ben Bowen King: Sidewalk Saints

My resident layman is American, and this is unmistakably an American album, so I turned to him for advice. “What do you think?” I asked


Botch: Unifying Themes Redux

Formed in 1993 and disbanding just before the decade mark in 2002, Botch unfortunately met their demise just a few short years before metal would re-enter the


Wednesday, February 7 2007

The Pack: Skateboards 2 Scrapers

Musicians love to sing about (and sell) shoes! Skateboard hip-hop collective The Pack ride their debut EP right into the cement side of the hyphy, dirty, snappy, half pipe.


Lovedrug: Everything Starts… EP

Lovedrug is frustrating to a critic, because they’re really hard to categorize.  They can wear the emo-rock mask as well as the Brit-born


Echoes of Eternity: The Forgotten Goddess

Francine Boucher is going to be regarded as a metal goddess before long, which is no surprise, considering how the French Canadian-born singer happens to


Lymbyc Systym: Love Your Abuser

The first full-length album from the brothers Bell—Jared and Michael—is ambient, expressive, emotional, and thoughtful without one word being spoken. Whether it is


Tuesday, February 6 2007

The Penny Loafers: Quicksand

This may be it -- this may be the album that puts the Penny Loafers back on track toward some serious national recognition.


Siiri Nordin: Me Too

Competent but never thrilling release from ex-lead singer of Finnish pop band Killer.


The Gentle Rain: Moody

Before tricking out albums by Radiohead, Bjork, and David Bowie, British producer and arranger Nick Ingman cut his teeth orchestrating records for genteel pop personas


Ampline: Rosary

Ampline is primarily about instrumentals—spacey, weird, grand, large, and interesting instrumentals. After the “Your Tongue or Your Life” intro, the group settle into a


Monday, February 5 2007

Chicken on a Raft: Chicken on a Raft

A record titled Chicken on a Raft is hard to pass up—but come to find out, even harder to put down. This disc of


Tor Lundvall: Yule

Still juiced up from the holiday season? Is your blood pressure still running at about 240/150? Has the protruding vein in the middle of your forehead


Domino: Everyone Else Is Boring

Producer/DJ Mark Ronson, known for his sceney fashion and remixes full of funky beats and big horn sections, turns his attention to Domino Kirke


Diane and the Shell: 30.000 Feet Tarantella

When you have an album where three of your songs are called “\\\” (I hate finding that line on the keyboard), then you know that all


Sunday, February 4 2007

Mas Rapido!: Pity Party

Two mainstays of the Parasol label responsible for this rowdy, rootsy rock album.


Food: Forever Is a Dream

Food, a relatively obscure Chicago group who released their only album, Forever Is a Dream, in 1969, get the reissue treatment from Fallout


Massonix: Subtracks

UK producer Graham Massey’s resume should speak for itself.  He was a founding member of pioneering acid house outfit 808 State, has remixed artists


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